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Stitching together the social fabric for young mothers in Appalachia

young mothers in appalachia
Carrol Layfield manages a quilting group of older women from Ritchie County, West Virginia, who used to work in the area’s garment industry. Using techniques handed down over generations, the women piece together quilts from remnants of fabric from shuttered factories. Kayla Turk is a young mother of two children who returned home to Ritchie County to live with her parents when her husband was laid off. At a communal baby shower, Kayla receives a quilt from the older women, and discovers a network of support.
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3-5
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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History
Economics
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Every little girl should be able to wear a tutu

Every Girl should be able to wear a tutu
“Ava is an ambitious teenager who owes much of her inner strength to a dance studio in South L.A. Founder Lula Washington and her daughter Tamica are professional dancers — and they are role models as well as teachers. At their dance school, African American children learn to respect themselves, their bodies, and their cultural traditions. The young dancers also defy stereotypes by mastering ballet. The dance program cultivates self-discipline and mutual support that enables girls like Ava to flourish even when their families are facing hard times.”
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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History
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Fun and Fitness in a Library Parking Lot

Library Parking Lot
Line dance leader Kit Cheung teaches her class of Chinese-American women in an unlikely place: the parking lot of a local library. No other public location offers both the outdoor space and sun cover the group requires for their twist on the traditional Chinese exercise of tai chi. The relationship that forms between the initially reluctant library and Kit’s dance group has created some unexpected opportunities.
Grade Level
3-5
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Social Studies
Social Justice Domain
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Literature

Dancers on Wheels

This is the story of Kitty Lunn, who had an accident that left her a paraplegic. She went on to open her own dance company, and dance in the 1996 Olympics.
Grade Level
3-5
Janeen R. Adil
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Social Justice Domain
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Deaf Culture

In her article, Paula Kluth takes care to distinguish between the deaf, Deaf, and hard of hearing communities. Both medical and cultural views on the different groups are discussed.
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Paula Kluth
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Gawking, Gaping, Staring

In this personal narrative, Clare explores multiple facets of the self and questions why gender is still discussed as a binary. She acknowledges the tortured lives that many have lived as a result of their gender ambiguity and declares that all those who "gawk," "gape," and "stare" at those who are different never get it right.
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Eli Clare